In the future

I’m still uncertain whether if America will remain united or long but there’s a kind of prediction that should misfortune happen, America may split. Maybe not geographically but sociopolitically and culturally. Whilst this isn’t unique to America, there is enough of a sharp divide between leftists and right wingers to warrant a possible split. Some in California (a liberal state) want to secede from the rest of America. Rao help if the Donald were to finally kick California out of America should they get what they wanted.

Or at least if America were to split America, California might revert to Mexico but in the same position where Hong Kong is to China. (Washington and the like might affiliate more with Canada.) I also think America might be increasingly dominated by city-states, even moreso should politics further divide America before the fact. I even think New York City might be on its way to becoming a city-state as is Los Angeles. As for celebrities fleeing Donald’s America, this might increase should America ever split real badly.

Some celebrities might flock to Italy should it ascend to power again like it did before. (I could picture a certain Glee celebrity living in Florence, his daughter married to a della Gherardesca.) This is even to going to happen before America splits. In fact we might as well be witnessing a live streaming of medieval Italy, complete with Ghibelline and Guelph factions ruling over certain places.

And it might even be the case in America as well.

Some Dune-Star Wars comparisons Pt 1

Ben Solo/Kylo Ren–Alia Atreides

Though both Alia Atreides and her niece Ghanima inspired Princess Leia (to whatever degree), currently her true Star Wars counterpart’s actually male. If I’m not mistaken, Ben Solo’s the wayward son of Leia and Han Solo but in the like manner, Alia Atreides can be seen as Paul’s wayward sister. Both of them get influenced by their grandfathers. In Alia’s case it’s possession and in Ben’s case emulation. Not exact but still close.

Luke Skywalker–Paul Atreides

Kind of easy to compare as they’re both the chosen ones who get tutored/micromanaged by other people (Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jessica), find their parents/relatives killed (Luke lost his adoptive parents, Paul lost one of his children and father) and then become recluses influencing a new generation or something. (Also both of them get usurped by youngsters, Paul by Leto and Luke by Rey.) However both Ben and Paul have massacred a lot of people.

Jabba the Hut–Leto Atreides II
Also easy, especially appearance and behaviour wise (right down to preferring younger women to whatever extent). Leto Atreides is the divine emperor just as Jabba’s a formidable crimelord. However Leto Atreides’s own dehumanisation parallels that of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. Also both Leto and Luke find themselves being cared for by somebody else.

Darth Vader–Vladimir Harkonnen

They are the heroes’ dubious relatives that they end up fighting against. If I’m not mistaken, Vladimir Harkonnen actually used to be muscular but became fat. Likewise Anakin used to be all-human but got dehumanised (though I think it’s analogous to Leto II becoming half-worm as Anakin’s now half-machine). Also Vader’s outfit seems to be inspired by Alejandro Jodoworksy’s attempt at adapting Dune when it came to some character designs.

Force spirit–Other memory, genetic memory

Force-spirits are what happens when people sensitive to the Force, grants them some kind of immortality though I think that’s probably George Lucas’s way of visualising what Dune’s other-memory and genetic memory (that’s to prenaturally gain knowledge and the like from their late biological relatives) would be like. If Star Wars is based on Dune, it seems with force ghosts being the SW answer to Dune’s other memory suggests that the connection’s deeper than one realises.

The original jerk animals

Like I said, I think the book Shameless: The Canine and Feminine in Ancient Greece has given me the impression of dogs being the original jerk animals. In the sense if/when cats weren’t around at the time, that dogs were the earliest domesticated species and also if dog rearing was very different before as were the attitudes then dogs would be the original jerk animals. Makes sense had they not been always regarded highly in some communities and religions, depending on the circumstance or individual.

If I’m not mistaken, at least in a study by Karen Lupo on Aka Pygmies and their dogs is that sometimes whenever those dogs got trained at all, it’s through deliberate malnutrition as well as socialisation to other dogs and even drugging (also in another study but I’m misremembering) to get them into doing something. Some Ugandans treated their dogs like this, some Cameroonians do the same to both cats and dogs. (In hindsight, that’s if/when resources get scarce it’s impractical to spoil dogs and if hunter-gatherers’ dogs also can’t process starch.)

It’s not that they’re always regarded negatively (same with cats). But since dogs in that study (and in another one on whether if they improve hunting or not) weren’t always reliable (they’re even considered treacherous among Ivorian Bengs) as well as being more associated with women and witchcraft’s enough to give an idea of what Biblical, Greek and Roman attitudes to them originated and evolved from.

Maybe not always exact but it does deconstruct how the dog-loving goddesses Artemis and Hecate came to be when you think about it. (That and somebody comparing dogs to women in the sense of being passed around different people at some point or another.)

Shady as shady goes

Like I said, the more seemingly perfect that thing is, the more ironically imperfect it turns out to be and something I personally know well. I guess when it comes to this version of shadiness, it’s as if the perfection’s just a facade to hide the darker repressed aspects. Maybe not always dark but the repression still explains the shadiness.

It’s like what if that seemingly perfect dog turns out to be a capable predator and it’s even noted by many and eventually confirmed. Or anything else really, hard for me to say. But it seems this type of shadiness involves the facade of near-perfection or at least likability to the point where what if they’re not what they seem to be.

Sometimes not always in a bad way but still nowhere as good or bad as others make it out to be.

Teutonic Shadiness

Though not always the case, it’s more of an odd coincidence (in my opinion) that countries like Britain, Germany and much of Scandinavia have an air of shadiness that more or less cultivates dark subcultures like punk, Goth and heavy metal. If they’re held up on a pedestal, there’ll inevitably be people (both outsiders and insiders) who feel as if there’s something dubious about those countries (that insiders live in).

It’s like how Sweden’s often held to be a good beacon of gender equality but not too many conservatives like it. Even some native Swedes can’t it either. When compounded with a heavy metal subculture, there’s going to be some natives feeling as if this country’s kind of fishy enough to want to focus on the dark side. Same with Goth and punk in Britain and Germany. Not that Romance countries are any less (or more) shady either.

But it’s more to do with being held up so high that what if it’s going to fall down any time sooner. I do harbour my own suspicions about these countries myself, being into their dark sides at some point or another. But I’m not alone since some conseratives also feel the same way too to some extent. The takeaway’s the more seemingly perfect that thing is, the more ironically imperfect it turns out to be.

Shady Germans

Like I said, I think the real reason why Germany and to some extent Austria have large Goth scenes is that whilst not unique to them but when it comes to a bad history linked to the rise of fascistic nationalism as well as prostitution and also things most foreigners ignore then Germany and Austria are going to be shady enough to nurture a substantial Goth subculture.

Especially when compounded with the loss of communism in Eastern Germany or at least trying to find an alternative to otherwise repressive governments that the Goth subculture’s one of the first things they turn to. (If I’m not mistaken, German culture also seems more frank about negative feelings as confirmed in one study.)

When you think about it, Germany’s not really all that sunny and bright. It’s like pointing out how and why stray dogs are also a bane to German hunters and why dog poisoning’s a big deal in Germany. (Or anything else in other countries really.) It runs counter to foreign/non-German reports and texts about Germany’s that it seems Germany and Austria do have an air of shadiness bubbling underneath.

Not necessarily always outrightly Gothic (whatever that means) but more like an air of darkness most non-Germans don’t always recognise even if it seeps in anyway.

Waging war on humans

Rao help if Caitlin goes wolf out of spite and making her dogs attack people from being distressed by abuse. It’s not that Caitlin will necessarily go evil but with the Flash being Red Riding Hood, it’s going to be inevitable. Red Riding Hood as a character can either survive on their own (often by conning their victimisers in order to escape), die or get rescued by somebody else depending on the story.

As Barry can run fast, he might as well pick the first and most practical option in his situation. If Caitlin’s out to attack him with her dogs and appearing as a wolf to wage war on humans, Barry’s going to be her first and foremost victim. She’ll try to kill him and every Flash she sees. Like she’s a mad wolf out on the prowl for prey. She wolfs on heat.

She might go wolf and attack Barry, whether if fans want it or not.